Black Boy

what does RW say about the "absence of real kindness in negroes?"

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"I used to mull over the strange absence of real kindness in Negroes, how unstable was our tenderness, how lacking in genuine passion we were, how void of great hope, how timid our joy, how bare our traditions, how hollow our memories how lacking we were in those intangible sentiments that bind man to man, and how shallow was even our despair."

He uses the above quote to note that in Negroes he finds few redeeming qualities and he finds them unable to really experience the "highs" of many positive qualities such as hope, joy, tradition, and memories. He does not understand how they can be like that, and yet he knows that the history of the people contributes to such emotional lack.


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